I'm working on a high-volume video site that covers an enormous number of
topics that is growing by 2-5 topics/subtopics per month. Our search is
great btu we need to improve wayfinding and browseability. We had an
overblown hierarchical structure before that was difficult to manage on the
editorial side. Our biggest problems to solve now:
1) Hierarchical structure is problematic because each video can easily fit
in multiple categories. For instance, SF Mayor Newsom talking about city
greening efforts fits in: government, urban planning, environment, politics,
society, and a number of subtopics. The way or site works, videos are
autmaticall published to all their topic area. But we don't want the same
videos to show up at the same time in 6+ areas of the site.
2) Subnavigation under main topics is unscalable as new subtopics get added.
We want to avoid an unscalable IA, and are exploring ideas around using tags
(defined by editorial rather than user-generated; users' tag will be applied
for personal/group organization only) for dominant navigation. We feel we
need to keep the big buckets for top-level nav, but think there is an
opportunity worth checking out.
Does anyone have examples of sites that use tags this way? It's fun
challenge but I'm trying to decide whether it is worth our very limited UX
budget to experiment, or whether we should suck it up and stick with a more
familiar 2- or 3-tiered hierarchical structure, using tags as contextual nav
on the side?
Thanks for playing. I'll happily post a summarized list of examples later.